African Americans on Postage Stamps

Clifton R. Wharton, Sr.

Prominent Diplomat

39-cent Clifton R. Wharton, Sr. stamp
The Clifton R. Wharton, Sr. stamp was issued on May 29, 2006.

Born at the turn of the century, Clifton R. Wharton, Sr. served the United States as a Foreign Service Officer through the 20th century's most tumultuous period. Wharton passed the Foreign Service exam in 1925, which made him the first African-American Foreign Service Officer. Under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, Wharton became the first African-American to lead a delegation to a European country and the first African-American to come from within the Foreign Service ranks to become an ambassador.

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